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Lofoten photography: spectacular images of northern Norway

Photographers from all over the world travel to the Lofoten Islands in Norway to admire the incredible landscapes. Here is a selection of the best photographs of Lofoten.

Norway is one of the world’s premier destinations for landscape photographers. But one place stands above all the others.

Sakrisøy, Lofoten

The Lofoten Islands of northern Norway offer rugged mountains, craggy peaks, quaint fishing villages, and incredible lighting conditions. From the midnight sun to the northern lights, Lofoten has so much to offer the avid photographers.

An important factor to keep in mind is that these islands are remote. Their 68 degree north location presents all kinds of challenges for those planning a photo trip, from uncertain and changeable weather conditions to lack of charging points for your batteries!

Wrecked wooden boat in the Austnesfjord des Lofoten
Wrecked wooden boat in the Austnesfjord des Lofoten

This article will take a look at some of the best Lofoten photographic sites along with some tips for capturing the perfect shot. Enjoy!

Reine, Lofoten Pictures

The beautiful village of Reine is one of the most recognizable places in Lofoten. At the western end of the archipelago, Reine has mountain and ocean views in all directions.

Many photographers are heading to Reinebringen, one of Norway’s most famous hikes. This well-traveled path offers a spectacular view not only of Reine but of all this part of Lofoten.

Reine de Reinebringen hiking in Lofoten
Reine de Reinebringen hiking in Lofoten
Yellow houses on the coast of the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway
Many of the houses and cabins à Reine are located directly on the coast
Yellow house on the coast of Reine, Norway.  Photo: Suratwadee Rattanajarupak /
Photo: Suratwadee Rattanajarupak /

Svolvær in photos

While Lofotens are known for their landscapes, secluded hiking trails and small villages, there are also a few towns. With a population of nearly 5,000 permanent residents, Svolvær is the most notable of these.

The mix of traditional and modern architecture is fascinating, but it is not an urban sprawl. As everywhere in Lofoten, the natural surroundings are magnificent.

For the absolute best view of the city, hike up to Svolværgeita’s goat horns. However, this is not a straightforward hike. It is a rope-assisted mountain climb that requires a professional guide. But the views are worth it.

Svolvær in the morning light
Svolvær in the morning light
Goat's horns in Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
The goat’s horns above Svolvær
A foggy morning scene in Svolvær, northern Norway
A misty morning in Svolvær

Photograph of Lofoten in winter

Most people choose to visit Lofoten in the summer. It is perfectly understandable. The weather is much better and the 24 hour sunlight provides a lot more photo opportunities.

But there is something very special about this landscape when the snow is falling and the winter light goes down. From the blue hour of the polar night to the northern lights, winter in Lofoten is a truly unique time.

For clearer skies and snow on the ground, visit later in the year. February and March are popular times, as they offer sunlight during the day and the chance to display the Northern Lights at night.

Winter view of Reine in Lofoten
Queen in winter
The northern lights appear over the island of Hamnøy in northern Norway
The Northern Lights over Hamnøy
Nusfjord village in winter
Nusfjord in winter
Yellow huts and pink sky in winter in Lofoten
A winter scene from Moskenesøya

Beach photography in Lofoten

Photos of beaches are often featured in Caribbean and Mediterranean vacation brochures. The sandy expanses of Lofoten are among the best beaches in Norway, although they tend to attract photographers and surfers more than sun worshipers!

Some beaches are accessible by car, but others, quieter, require a hike. Overnight camping is permitted on the grassy banks next to most beaches.

Kvalvika beach in Lofoten islands in Norway
kvalvika beach
Haukland beach in Lofoten in Norway
haukland beach
Uttakleiv beach in Lofoten
Uttakleiv Beach
Hiker at Bunes beach in Lofoten
Hiker at Bunes Beach

Stamsund Pictures

The small village of Stamsund is well known to passengers on Hurtigruten ships as one of the few stopovers on Lofoten and Vesterålen.

For photographers, the yellow wooden buildings, fishing boats, and the backdrop of high jagged mountains provide plenty of opportunity.

The Stamsund coastline.  Photo: hal pand /
The Stamsund coastline. Photo: hal pand /
Hurtigruten ship sailing in the port of Stamsund, Norway
Hurtigruten ship sailing to Stamsund

Photos of Å: The End of Lofoten

Although many travelers drive west to Reine, fewer continue for a few kilometers at the end of the road. The fishing village Å is now primarily a living museum, with plenty of photography opportunities.

The museum brings together many historic buildings, while the trails lead to several spots along the coast with everything from small fishing boats to traditional reds. rorb (fishermen’s cabins) ready and waiting for your camera.

in Lofoten
Red rorbuer fishermen's huts in in Lofoten, Norway
Red rorbuer (fishermen’s huts) in Å
A group of tourists at the end of the Lofoten Islands
A group of tourists at the “end” of the Lofoten Islands in

If you are planning a trip to Lofoten or just want to know more, check out Episode 9 of Life in Norway. American photographer Cody Duncan makes a living organizing photo tours, selling e-books and taking photos in Lofoten. He joined the podcast to explain why Lofotens are such a great place for photography.

Have you taken a photographic trip to the Lofoten Islands? What is your favorite place on the islands for a photo walk?